PAWCATUCK, Conn.—Davis-Standard has unveiled its DS Activ-Check system for continuous extruder monitoring.
The firm said Activ-Check enables processors to take advantage of real-time predictive maintenance by providing early notifications of potential extruder failures. Machine operators are alerted to issues before they happen, reducing unplanned downtime while also collecting valuable data.
Users receive notifications by e-mail or text and continuous monitoring of the production machine's status is available on smart devices and remote PCs. Key parameters monitored include extruder reducer, lubrication system, motor characteristics, the drive power unit and barrel heating and cooling.
The system is easy to operate thanks to overview screens that provide a quick reference of monitor points and trend windows, providing a graphic indication of measurements, according to Davis-Standard. Users can touch a location to view details or use on-screen setup for e-mail or text notifications.
The firm said vibration sensors on the extruder reducer provide data regarding the condition of the gears, bearings and lubrication system. The extruder motor is supplied with combination temperature sensors and vibration sensors. The reducer lubrication system (if provided), includes pressure, flow and temperature sensors to indicate system performance. Operators also are able to monitor key health indicator parameters in the drive power unit, providing an early indicator of potential power unit issues.
This technology is an available option with Davis-Standard's Integrator, Epic III and DS-eVue control systems. For more information about Activ-Check, visit www.davis-standard.com/extrusion_system/process-controls/.
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